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I’m not usually into guitar-heavy videos, but this one of BJ Baldwin winning the 2013 Baja 1000 is pretty awesome. The way his truck flies across the top of some of the whoops seems to defy physics. And the music is pretty decent halfway through.

The 46th running of the Baja 1000 starts tonight in Ensenada, Mexico, and winds along an 833-mile course to finish back in Ensenada on the 17th. Here’s a video with a little bit of history about the race, including—I just learned—the traps and obstacles set by the spectators.

You can also follow along at the SCORE site. They also have a live map where you track the progress of the almost 40 different vehicle classes.

Have a look at the rest of the post for a pretty cool GoPro view of last year’s race from onboard Bryce Menzies trophy truck.  Read the rest of this entry »

In some ways motorcycles are the ideal overlanding platform. They’re inexpensive, sip fuel, can get through stalled traffic, or down the narrowest trail. In my experience, they’re two to three times faster over rough roads than 4x4s. And, as this beautiful video shows, they even work for very long distance travel.

Between 2010 and 2012 Alex Chacon, a recent BioMed graduate from the University of Texas, spent just over 500 days traveling up, down, and across the Americas, from Alaska to the Tip of South America, on his motorcycle, a 2007 KLR 650. It looks like it was a stunning trip. If you’d like to dig deeper, his YouTube channel covers his journey in twelve episodes.

Here’s more info on his KLR, the way he equipped it, and why he chose it over a BMW or KTM. He also set up a consulting service to assist other travels wanting to head south.

Update 5/14/2013: Here’s a WCXC post about the benefits of the KLR 650.

At first this video looks like standard travel fare: some friends going down to Baja, having a look around. Then, at 1:22, they’re in a boat petting a whale. A whale!

It’s right next to the boat and they reach out and touch it like it’s a curious puppy. And maybe it sort of is, because it’s a baby whale. Then mama shows up — she’s huge — and… everything’s still fine! It’s totally amazing to me. I know whales calve there but I didn’t know it was like a petting zoo. Is this a normal thing down there? Seems like it. At 3:30 the video goes back to friends hanging out, playing music, etc., like it’s no big deal.

Freakin’ whales!

This looks like it’s going to be good. Four guys in a biodiesel Ford F250 crew cab overlanding through Mexico, on the way to South America, searching for the best places to fish. This is a trailer for a four-part series that starts in the Fall.

Link Trail: Expedition Portal > Vimeo

Here’s a great, National Geographic-style film about three men that, in 1940, attempted to drive what appears to be a stock Plymouth sedan from Washington D.C. to the tip of South America, along what was to become the Pan-American Highway.

In 1940, however, many parts of the road were nothing more than rugged mule trails. The men had to often drag their car (or have it dragged) over mountain passes and through rivers. It’s hard to believe they undertook the journey without the benefit of 4-wheel drive, a low-range transfer case, high-clearance suspension, or even off-road tires. When they weren’t on the trail, they were meeting dignitaries and reporting on culture and development. It’s charmingly civilized.

This film, Rough Road to Panama, chronicles the first half of the expedition. The companion film, Rugged Road to Cape Horn, which I have yet to find online in its entirety, covers the second half of the trip.

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Hey, the video still of Part 1 looks like part of our logo. 🙂

Hat tip to Christian at Expedition Portal for posting that site’s forum.

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